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The Art of Travel — Hotel Rex takes its inspiration from the San Francisco art and literary salons of the 1920s and 30s.

This hotel in Union Square San Francisco will take you back in time with custom decor and works of art from local artists.

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Just one block from Union Square, Hotel Rex makes sure you never have to miss a thing.

Hotel Rex San Francisco is located in the heart of the theater district and one block away from Union Square, the center of the city's shopping district. San Francisco's Powell Street Cable Car line is one block away and travels to Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown and North Beach. The hotel is also within walking distance to Moscone Convention Center, Yerba Buena Gardens and the Museum of Modern Art.


Moscone Convention Centre

Moscone Center is the largest convention and exhibition complex in San Francisco, California. It comprises three main halls: Two underground halls underneath Yerba Buena Gardens, known as Moscone North and Moscone South, and a three-level Moscone West exhibition hall across 4th Street. For more information visit

Destination Hotel Rex

Our Offerings

Over the past dozen years, Hotel Rex has become the crossroads for creative people with its arts & literary legacy. You'll see an occasional author book signing in the lobby, poetry reading, or live jazz in the Library Bar.

Maiden Lane

Maiden Lane

If you're looking for a little piece of European quaintness near Union Square, you'll find cafe tables in the middle of the street and a "joie de vivre" attitude amongst the shoppers who know this little alley.

Free Tour of Union Square

Free Tour of Union Square

Geogad's Mobile Tour of San Francisco's Union Square touches on the spirit of San Francisco by explaining the history of cable cars, Union Square, the Gold Rush of 1849, Chinatown, and much more.

Glide Memorial

Glide Memorial

Reverend Cecil Williams knows how to throw a party and this weekly Sunday morning celebration is the wildest and most enlightening religious celebration in town.


Tour de Rex

San Francisco is a wonderful city to explore on a bicycle. From the Mission district to the Golden Gate Bridge; there are plenty of sights to see and many routes which avoid those infamous hills! At the Hotel Rex, we have two Globe bikes available for our guests to borrow. Reserve this package to guarantee a spot on our two bicycles and we’ll throw in a Literary Map of San Francisco created by Paul Madonna as well as a sourdough baguette from the Library Bar (which will look amazing in the bicycle basket). Your Tour de Rex awaits!